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Oklahoma State in MLB: Tyler Lyons, Yankees sweep Twins to advance to 2019 ALCS

Lyons had two strikeouts in Game 2 of the ALDS.

2019 ALDS Game 2 - Minnesota Twins v. New York Yankees Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Former Oklahoma State pitcher Tyler Lyons and the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Twins with a 5-1 win in Game 3 of the best-of-five American League Divisional Series on Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis to advance to the AL Championship Series.

The 31-year-old Lyons recorded a 10-pitch eighth inning in New York’s 8-2 victory in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday at Yankees Stadium. The left-hander struck out Jonathan Schoops and Max Kepler on six consecutive pitches then forced a deep flyball to left field from Jorge Polanco on the fourth pitch of the at bat.

The Pirates released Lyons on Aug. 11 and four days later New York signed him to a minor-league deal. He was selected for a September call up then had 12 strikeouts, two walks, a 4.15 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 11 regular-season games.

The Yankees will face the Astros or Rays in the ALCS. Houston leads the ALDS against the Rays two games to one with Game 4 on Tuesday in Tampa.